By Byrne Harrison
On Monday, September 24th, the New York Innovative Theatre Awards celebrated the best of Off-Off Broadway at their annual award ceremony. The ceremony featured comedian Harrison Greenbaum as host, was directed by Tim Butterfield, Artistic Director of the Straphanger Collective, and was written by playwright Christopher Weikle.
Presenters for the evening included: Arthur Aviles (dancer/choreographer, BAAD!-The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), Boom Boom and Ceil (characters from Doric Wilson's Street Theatre), Jen Cody (Cats, Grease), Jill BC Du Boff (sound designer for theatre, radio, television, film and special events), Laura Braza (director, artistic director of The Attic Theater Company), Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J), Tovah Feldshuh (Irena's Vow, Yentl, Lend Me A Tenor, Golda's Balcony), Elena Holy (FringeNYC), Rick Lyon (puppeteer "Sesame Street", "Big Blue House", Men in Black), Peter Michael Marino (cabaret-spoof hit Lance Jonathan: All About Me!), Timothy Mason (Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!), Julie Menin (Chairperson of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan), Chris Muller (set designer, clients include Alvin Ailey, Juilliard Opera, Atlantic Stage), Diane Paulus (director, Artistic Director at the A.R.T.), Dick Scanlan (librettist, writer and actor Pageant, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), Jessica Shay, Roma Torre (NY1 "On-Stage"), Camelita Tropicana (a.k.a. Alina Troyano), and Jean-Claude van Itallie (playwright The Serpent, America Hurrah).
Theatre critics Doug Strassler (IT Awards Newsletter, Show Business Weekly, Off Off Online) and Aaron Riccio (That Sounds Cool and New Theater Corps) live-blogged the event at www.nyitawards.com/live.
THE INNOVATIVE THEATRE FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit organization, which recognizes the great work of New York's Off-Off-Broadwayhonoring its artistic heritage and providing an alliance for this extensive and richly varied community. As advocates for Off-Off-Broadway, they recognize its unique and essential role contributing to global culture.
Each season, The Innovative Theatre Foundation publicly recognizes excellence in Off-Off-Broadway, with a high-profile awards ceremony. The New York Innovative Theatre Awards celebrate the community and honor some of the previous years greatest achievements. The IT Awards heighten audience awareness and foster greater appreciation of the New York theatre experience.